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AKISSI

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AKISSI is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-8
26 minutes
VIDEO
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What a fun short animated film, based on the Akissi books by Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin. The quick moving action of Akissi, in search of a brother in the form of a monkey is delightful and fun.

The storyline follows a young girl, Akissi who broods over not having a younger sibling. Trying to convince her mother that she is responsible, she is sent to the market to pick up some fish for dinner. On her way home, she meets and rescues a little monkey, Boubou, who she takes home and that leads to a whole host of chaotic events until Boubou endears himself to her family.

What an adorable short animated film this is. Akissi is young, precocious and adorable. She is easy to relate to, especially when she rescues little Boubou. Her adventures are a bit much for a young child, but you have to remember they are a complete fantasy. When Akissi gets sent to her room and Boubou gets loose, all havoc breaks loose until Boubou manages to win everyone's heart - but not without some true challenges. In the end, Boubou steals his way into the family and becomes the brother that Akissi dreamed of. The 2D animation is bright and colorful and detailed. It is a pleasure to watch. The dialogue is all in French, with English subtitles, which are sometimes challenging to read when the color of the type doesn't contrast distinctly from the images. It is directed by Alexandre Coste who has a host of other wonderful animated series to his credit. Voice-overs are by Kayla Lingale (Akissi), yohan Babin (Papou), Yann Ismael Youre (Edmond) and Mike Danon (Branconnier) - all of which deliver terrific performances.

The message of the film is: watch out what you wish for, it might come true.

I give Akissi 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

What a fun short animated film, based on the Akissi books by Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin. The quick moving action of Akissi, in search of a brother in the form of a monkey is delightful and fun.

The storyline follows a young girl, Akissi who broods over not having a younger sibling. Trying to convince her mother that she is responsible, she is sent to the market to pick up some fish for dinner. On her way home, she meets and rescues a little monkey, Boubou, who she takes home and that leads to a whole host of chaotic events until Boubou endears himself to her family.

What an adorable short animated film this is. Akissi is young, precocious and adorable. She is easy to relate to, especially when she rescues little Boubou. Her adventures are a bit much for a young child, but you have to remember they are a complete fantasy. When Akissi gets sent to her room and Boubou gets loose, all havoc breaks loose until Boubou manages to win everyone's heart - but not without some true challenges. In the end, Boubou steals his way into the family and becomes the brother that Akissi dreamed of. The 2D animation is bright and colorful and detailed. It is a pleasure to watch. The dialogue is all in French, with English subtitles, which are sometimes challenging to read when the color of the type doesn't contrast distinctly from the images. It is directed by Alexandre Coste who has a host of other wonderful animated series to his credit. Voice-overs are by Kayla Lingale (Akissi), yohan Babin (Papou), Yann Ismael Youre (Edmond) and Mike Danon (Branconnier) - all of which deliver terrific performances.

The message of the film is: watch out what you wish for, it might come true.

I give Akissi 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Akissi can't take being the youngest in her family anymore! She would like a little brother or sister so much... One day, she meets Boubou, a little monkey, who is truly the little brother of her dreams! But she will face many challenges to be able to live happily with her new "brother."
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